October 22, 2009

Closer Look: Texas Tech DE Brandon Sharpe

Texas Tech senior defensive end Brandon Sharpe has seemingly come out of nowhere this season to accumulate eight sacks through six games, leading a big time pass rush for the Red Raiders. A year ago Sharpe was a backup to McKinner Dixon, who was one of the most feared defensive ends in the Big 12 conference.

Sharpe did play in 10 games as Dixon's backup, but the 6-foot-3, 254-pounder has already matched Dixon's mark in half as many games. If A&M has any hope of pulling an upset in Lubbock this weekend, the Aggies will have to keep Sharpe out of the backfield as well as the rest of the defensive line which is spurned on by Sharpe's play.

"Their defensive front four are really good," said A&M senior offensive lineman Michael Shumard, who will start at left tackle Saturday and line up across from Sharpe. "Their defensive ends are really fast. The defensive tackles anchor well."

Sharpe headed to Lubbock in 2007 as a junior college transfer from Fresno City College where he recorded nine sack and a team-high seven pass breakups in 2006. After playing in one game in 2007 for Tech, Sharpe turned into Dixon's backup.

And now he is the biggest threat on the field for what has become a very tough Red Raider defense to crack.

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